My fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting is incredibly delicious and super tasty! The perfect addition to any cake or cupcake.
Pair with a drizzle of chocolate ganache and you have the best Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting that you have ever tasted! This creamy and smooth peanut butter frosting adds a layer of flavor that invites you back for another bite.
Whipped rich peanut butter flavor combined with a classic chocolate cake makes an ideal pairing for a great dessert. It really is the BEST Peanut Butter Frosting Ever!
I have discovered that a killer frosting is an excellent thing that transforms boring cake into an AWESOME cake! If you are looking for a peanut butter buttercream frosting, then you have come to the wrong place.
It’s the best peanut butter frosting that you will ever have and is perfect on chocolate cupcakes, brownies, and cakes! Make a birthday cake for someone and serve it at their birthday party.
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What’s the difference between frosting and icing?
Frostings are thicker and fluffier than icing. Icings are thinner and have shiny properties. It is usually poured on the cake or cupcakes.
Typically, the icing glaze is sweeter and gives a smoother appearance. This recipe is not a peanut butter icing recipe.
What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Use?
Creamy peanut butter of your choice is what I recommend when making this peanut butter frosting recipe. My choice of peanut butter is Jif, and this is what I use in this fluffy frosting recipe.
This brand of peanut butter is readily available at your local grocery store or on Amazon. Avoid crunchy varieties because you will not be able to properly pipe the frosting.
Natural or Organic alternatives are hard to incorporate because oil separations may cause the frosting to be grainy.
Creamy Peanut Butter, Jif (Natural Peanut Butter is not recommended)
Powdered Sugar, Confectioners’ Sugar
Heavy Cream, Heavy Whipping Cream, Whipping Cream
How To Make Peanut Butter Frosting
Gather all the ingredients to make the peanut butter frosting. Use a KitchenAid stand mixer with a flat paddle attachment or a whisk attachment on the low setting.
Add the creamy peanut butter and softened butter to the mixing bowl. Beat until creamy and smooth. With a silicone spatula, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the creamed butter and peanut butter. Mix until completely combined and scrape the side of the mixing bowl when needed.
The final step is adding the heavy cream in a couple stages and whipping the frosting until its fluffy. This will take a couple minutes. If desired, turn the mixer speed up a little bit to achieve a nice fluffy texture.
How to Store Whipped Frosting
Does this creamy peanut butter frosting require refrigeration? Yes, it does require refrigeration! There is heavy cream in this frosting recipe which helps to make it fluffy.
This heavy cream requires refrigeration. Store whipped peanut butter frosting in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
To use frosting, remove from the refrigerator and leave at room temperature for about 1 hour before using. Use a spatula to stir the homemade frosting and to fluff up.
To soften quickly, microwave the frosting in 10 second interval and stir in between intervals.
Peanut Butter Frosting Tips
- Use softened butter.
- Cream the butter and peanut butter together until smooth and creamy.
- Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl often.
- Sift the powdered sugar if any lumps are present.
- Add the heavy cream in two stages and make sure the cream is completely combined.
Peanut Butter Frosting for Chocolate Cake
This frosting is perfect when paired with chocolate cake. But it needs to be the perfect chocolate cake!
Spread a thick layer of frosting onto the chocolate cake or for a more dramatic look, use a large star tip in a piping bag to pipe the peanut butter frosting on.
How Many Cakes or Cupcakes Will this Frosting Cover?
One batch of this fluffy peanut butter frosting will cover an 8 or 10 inch round double layer cake. Depending on how much frosting that you use, you can frost 24 to 36 regular sized cupcakes.
If you are frosting the top of a sheet cake, this frosting will cover a 9×13, an 11×15, and a thinner layer of a 12×15.
How to Pipe Frosting
If you want to pipe this frosting, then you will need a piping bag and a piping tip. When frosting my cupcakes and layered cakes I use a x-large 1G star tip.
When the frosting is made right and piped at the right temperature, you will get crisp lines. This frosting holds up well after pipped when kept at the proper temperature.
Garnish with a drizzle of chocolate ganache to make the perfect peanut butter chocolate flavor.
How to Make Frosting Thicker or Thinner?
This frosting can easily be made thicker or thinner by adjusting the temperature of it. Because this frosting has butter and peanut butter as its base ingredient, the proper temperature is important.
If you want a thinner frosting, warm it up just a touch. Need a thicker frosting? Chill it until the right consistency is reached.
Remember the butter will set up when it’s cold so be careful. When the frosting is completely cold, it will become very firm and not pliable.
I do not recommend adjusting the recipe ingredients to achieve a thicker or thinner texture. This will throw off the flavor of the frosting.
More Frosting Recipes
Brown Butter German Chocolate Frosting
The Best Buttercream Frosting Recipe
Peanut Butter Frosting – FAQ
Whenever your house gets too warm it can cause the butter and peanut butter mixture to become runny. Also using melted butter instead of softened butter will create a runny frosting.
When using an off-brand peanut butter or using homemade peanut butter will result in a grainy texture. Unless the peanut butter is properly whipped, the frosting becomes can become grainy and have an off texture.
No, it is not recommended to use crunchy peanut butter in this homemade frosting recipe. It will throw of the texture of the frosting, and you will not be able to pipe it with a frosting bag and tip.
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
Get the full recipe and nutrition calories below!
Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
My fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting is incredibly delicious and super tasty! The perfect addition to any cake or cupcake. Pair with a drizzle of chocolate ganache and you have the best Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting that you have ever tasted.
- Peanut Butter, Creamy 2 cups
- Butter, Softened 10 tablespoons
- Powdered Sugar 2 cups
- Vanilla Extract 1 1/2 teaspoon
- Heavy Whipping Cream. 2/3 cups
How To Make Peanut Butter Frosting
- Gather all the ingredients to make the frosting.
- Use a KitchenAid stand mixer fitted with a flat paddle attachment or a whisk attachment on the low setting.
- Add the peanut butter and softened butter to the mixing bowl. Beat until creamy and smooth. With a spatula, scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the mixing bowl. Mix until completely combined. Scrape the side of the mixing bowl when needed.
- The final step is adding the heavy whipping cream in a two stages and whipping the frosting until its fluffy. This will take a couple minutes. If desired, turn the stand mixer speed up a little bit to achieve a nice fluffy texture.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 152Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 13mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 3g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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